Alien Concept Set to Catch on as Children's Cartoon :

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Alien Concept Set to Catch on as Children's Cartoon :


Jim Driscoll, the man behind a proposed Black Country television station, is set to clinch a multi-million pound deal for a children's cartoon series drawn up in the Midlands

Called Astro-Knights, it uses stunning three-dimensional computer generated animation along with live footage from Nasa.

The series will cost around pounds 2 million and will be made by Wolverhampton-based Synthetic Dimensions.

It has already won a top accolade by being voted Best Animation at last week's Birmingham International Film Festival.

Mr Driscoll, who created the successful Shoe People cartoon series for television, said: "I have waited a long time before deciding to get involved with this kind of programming again.

"Animation has come a long way since then and the work being done by Synthetic Dimensions is probably among the best in the world - and at half the cost of other 3D animators working out of Hollywood studios."

Mr Driscoll, chairman of Stourbridge-based Breakthrough Media Group, added: "I have been working on this project for two years and I've had tremendous support from Nasa, who are thrilled at what we're doing.

"I believe that, having shown the project to a number of well-known people in the animation business, the technology we are using is way ahead of its time."

Breakthrough plans to produce 22 half-hour programmes of the space adventure series and is in discussions with a major broadcaster about airing the programmes. Half the production costs have already been offered by a French co-production partner.

"We are in production and the series will be broadcast in spring 2000. This is truly a millennium project," said Mr Driscoll.

Title music for the series has been written by a composer who had a hit with a Eurovision Song Contest number. …

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